Dec 2, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates a tackle against the Carolina Panthers in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-21. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Houston Will Report To Training Camp

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An update was released today on the Justin Houston situation.

As we know by now, Houston hasn’t reported to any of the Kansas City Chiefs OTA’s or off season programs due to the unhappiness of his contract issues. Mike Florio of PFT.com published a piece about Houston’s unhappiness but, is still expected to report to camp next week,

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Houston remains upset with the Chiefs, but common sense likely will prompt him to show up for training camp, stopping the financial bleeding at a fine of roughly $70,000 and a lost workout bonus of $25,000.  In addition to the $30,000 per day in fines he’d incur for skipping camp, Houston would forfeit his shot at free agency in 2015 if he fails to report within 30 days of the Week One opener between the Packers and Seahawks.

Terez A. Paylor from the Kansas City Star has also been tweeting about the situation since this news broke this morning.

 

As Florio stated in his piece, common sense is coming into play, as Houston likely cannot afford to cough up those kind of fines. He’s in the final year of his 4 year, $3.4 million dollar deal he inked back in 2011. Houston is only due $1.4 million this season, making him one of the most underpaid players in the NFL right now.

Houston has accounted for 21 sacks in the last 27 games and without a doubt, is the future of the Chiefs pass rush.

Paylor also states that their hasn’t been an offer extended to Houston yet, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen over the next few weeks,

 

It’s uncertain what Houston is asking for money wise but, it’s reasonable to think he wants something in the range of what Tamba Hali scored a few years back. According to overthecap.com, Hali has an APY (annual per year) salary of $11.5 million, giving him the second highest contract of any player at his position.

Is Houston worth that kind of money? That’s for you to debate but there is no denying the impact, and importance, that he makes for the Chiefs defense.

With the recent departure of Brandon Flowers, the Chiefs have plenty of cap space to get a deal done with Houston during training camp, or, before the season ends. They could always wait, and franchise tag him as well but my theory is that they’ll save that for Alex Smith, in case his demands are somewhere near the top of the quarterback tree.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on all the latest contract news.

I don’t know about the rest of the Kingdom, but football season can’t get here soon enough!

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